However, the team principal wants to avoid distractions in 2024

Ferrari team principal Frédéric Vasseur has said that Lewis Hamilton's start in the 2025 Formula 1 season will be a “huge opportunity” for the Italian team.

One of the most surprising market moves in the history of this category is the fact that the seven-time world champion will be part of the Maranello team from the end of the F1 edition in 2024.

“It's definitely a great opportunity for the team. However, we want to focus on the 2024 season, we don't want to be distracted by anything,” said the Ferrari boss.

As for Spaniard Carlos Sainz, whose position will be taken over by the Briton, the Frenchman assured that the driver will be “totally committed and committed” throughout the year.

Sainz, in turn, mentioned that he was surprised by Hamilton's team change, but did not hide the fact that he felt “privileged” to spend another year as a Ferrari driver.

Charles Leclerc, whose contract has been extended and will be Hamilton's new teammate, said he was “aware” of the negotiations with his British colleague.

“This type of agreement does not happen overnight, it takes time. I knew about these negotiations even before I signed the contract. So it wasn't a surprise. I don't want to comment too much out of respect for Carlos, we spent great years together,” he said.

Monaco also mentioned that he exchanged several messages with Hamilton after the official announcement, referring to him as a “champion” and a “successful driver”. .